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Don McDermott

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDonald Joseph "Don"•McDermott
Used nameDon•McDermott
Born7 December 1929 in Bronx, New York (USA)
AffiliationsGrossinger Skating Club
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Like many other American speed skaters of the 40s and 50s, Don McDermott never won a national title, because they were totally monopolized by Ken Bartholomew. But McDermott won his share of races. His first big title came at the 1949 Silver Skates in Madison Square Garden, and in the next two years he won several other invitational races and the Chicago Silver Skates. At the 1952 Olympics, he finished second behind fellow American Ken Henry. McDermott also competed in the 1956 Olympics, but without much success. After his Oslo silver medal, his biggest competitive moment came in the 1955 World Championships, when he finished third in the 500 meters. At the 1960 Olympics, McDermott was chosen by the U.S. team to carry the flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies. McDermott’s career was with the U.S. Postal Service, for whom he has held various management positions.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1959); 1500 – 2:18.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:50.0 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 28
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =25 Representing United States    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 37

Other participations

Games Role Details
1960 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing United States    
1960 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing United States